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Things That Confuse New Shooters

There are a few things that I’ve found that tend to confuse the crud out of new shooters when they’re getting started in the shooting sports. You can shoot matches at clubs that you aren’t a member at. This really seems to confuse people, because around here there really aren’t any outdoor ranges that are open to the public for practice. Just about every place requires a membership, and most clubs have waiting lists that …

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Range Officer Thoughts

“Range Officers need to remember everybody is there to have fun.” Is that a true statement? Maybe, but I think “fun” is defined very differently for different levels of shooters. Some folks get their fun by just showing up and shooting, and others have fun by playing the game within the rules (sometimes pushing them as far as they can) and others have fun by shooting to the best of their ability, and winning. For …

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Your Facebook Questions

Total honesty and transparency here: I was a little unprepared for this weeks podcast. I’m on vacation from work this week, and in my excitement for taking some time off, I neglected to prepare the podcast shownotes. Y’all came through for me though with some questions on Facebook which I answered in this episode. Gear that Doesn’t Suck If you need some ideas of what to work on in practice, or ideas of how to …

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What Are Some of Your Favorite Shooting Stories With Your Dad?

Tom in Ferguson sent in a question last week asking about some of my favorite shooting stories with my dad and Grandpa. Since today is Father’s Day, and last week marked one year since Gramps passed, I thought I’d take this episode to tell a few of my favorite stories from growing up. Gear That Doesn’t Suck I’ve become a lot more aware of chemicals that I’m exposed to as I’ve grown older and a …

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A Match Misconception

One of the most common misconceptions that I hear from folks who haven’t shot competitively, is that competitive shooters shoot ammo that isn’t powerful. That isn’t really true. Factory 9mm that you’ll get from the store is going to be pretty close to the 9mm minor power factor ammo that gets loaded for competition (and some of the folks making re-man ammo don’t make it powerful enough to make power factor). I will say that …

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Is Pre-Registration for Matches Helping the Shooting Sports?

A little while back I received an email from a listener who wished to remain nameless. He decided to get started in competitive shooting, and found a local club that hosted matches, checked out their website, and showed up to shoot his first match. When he arrived, he we met by an apologetic match director who informed him that the match was full, and since he hadn’t pre-registered for the match, he unfortunately wouldn’t be …

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Competitive Shooting Best Practices

Just a few things I’ve noticed that I thought I would point out. The first two things seem to be done mostly by newer shooters, and the second two seem to be mostly more-seasoned shooters. Know the rules. At least have a rudimentary understanding of the rules of the game you’re shooting. I don’t think you need to read the whole rulebook before your first match (actually, I don’t think it would be very helpful, …

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My Favorite Q&A Podcast Episodes

The Triangle Tactical Q&A podcast turned a whole year old the other day, so I thought it might be fun to re-broadcast a few of my favorite Q&A podcast episodes during this week’s show. I actually went through all of the back catalog of Q&A shows and picked out all of my favorites, and there was over 3 hours of audio, so I really had to pick and choose which ones to put in this …

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Performance Time vs. Learning Time

I kind of ripped this topic off of something I heard my wife talk about in a speech she was preparing a couple weeks ago. She’s a teacher and was talking about the difference between learning time and performance time with kids in school, and as soon as I heard it, I started wondering if this was something I should think more about in my practice as well. I’ve been trying the whole “get bored …

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“I Only Compete Against Myself”

I’ve noticed a trend of people on the internet talking to folks interested in competitive shooting, and constantly telling them “I only compete against myself”. I think the problem is two fold: People interested in competitive shooting might be interested in being competitive, so telling them that you don’t really compete isn’t a great thing. If you’re just there for the fun of it, that’s fine, but I can tell you that if they took …

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